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The Argento Shot

Bruce Campbell in Congo

What is an “Argento Shot?”

1. It’s the shot that makes a film worth watching, even if there are no other shots worth watching in the film.

2. There is always at least one such shot in a film.

3. I heard Dario Argento say this firsthand during his appearance at the 1994 Argento retrospective at the American Cinematheque in Los Angeles. It’s one of my favorite quotes (here).

4. I coined the phrase based on what Argento said, but I don’t know if anyone else has used it.

An example? Yes, they are a bit more than a shot, but my wife suggests Bruce Campbell’s cameos in Congo and Waxwork II: Lost in Time. (View the latter here.)

For more examples of Argento shots, click here.


Written by David Kilmer

March 9, 2011 at 4:55 pm